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No longer a Stelling man..

Posted by Brentk5s on Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thanks to Banjo Hangout I have just sold my '78 Stelling Whitestar.  (Thanks Gibby) I'm still not sure that I made the right decision, but...

Now I am seriously in the market fo the perfect clawhammer, old-time open back.  I missed out on Romero #0797, but now I ready for that Brooks, or Buckey, or Fielding or Lee (not blue!) when it becomes available.

Till then I'm looking...

4 comments on “No longer a Stelling man..”

Unplugged Says:
Sunday, August 24, 2008 @10:28:06 AM

OH NO, MISTER BILL!!!! :-) I know I'm holding onto my Whitestar (1988 archtop), but I wish you all the best in your new quest.

PruchaLegend Says:
Sunday, August 24, 2008 @11:24:18 PM

I have a Prucha Premium that I've considered selling. If you are interested drop me an email through the Hangout. You can see pictures of  this model at He is the primary Prucha dealer in the US.

nekron99 Says:
Friday, September 5, 2008 @2:17:41 PM

You don't have to spend a lot to get an awesome open back banjo.  Give the Deering Goodtime I a listen too.  It's got a *really* good tone.  While tuning, when the strings slide into perfect pitch, the entire instrument vibrates with sympathetic vibrations.

Brentk5s Says:
Sunday, September 7, 2008 @5:12:30 AM

Thanks Nekron99,

I'm playing the a 10 year old Deering Goodtime now.  I like it... I have switched to a Fyberskin head and no knot tailpiece and I like it a lot more for clawhammer.  I still find it a little harsh so I have a sock stuffed under the head behind the tailpiece.  And while I am a BIG fan of the unstained wood the aheadstock is just plain ugly.  I have seen examples linked from BHO on how to change that, but I am not that sure of my skills as a luthier.  I do not intend to get rid of the Goodtime. 

I was a Bluegrass player when I bought the Goodtime.  I did not believe a no tone ring banjo could sound so bright.

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